• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Saved my bacon (twice)

    Has to be said, these Time Capsules are invaluable when all else fails. Although 99.9% of the time, your mac book will be stable and problem free, when a Macbook dies it dies hard. For example, just spent the last 22 hours restoring a full backup (which was taken automatically earlier the same morning), after my Macbook Pro failed to restart after installing the Sierra update and booted into command line. Without the Time Capsule I would be heartbroken right now.
    This is the second time the TimeCapsule has saved my life. My first Macbook Pro was STOLEN! Another situation when your TimeCapsule will save your life too. JUST MAKE SURE YOU HAVE BACKUPS BEFORE DOING UPDATES, AND A SPARE DAY TO RESTORE IT !

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Saved my bacon a number of times

    This would be a 5* review except I couldn't get it to join my network fully wirelessly. I wanted to site it hidden, out of the way somewhere, and join the network wirelessly but after extensive research, it appears it can't do this so I have it ethernet wired into my router. Aside from that issue, it works a treat. My MacBook Pro backs up to it each hour, and I've done a number of full restores with it (once to a new SSD drive which saved me having to buy cloning software and once to a replacement SSD) and the odd single file restore. Not the quickest thing over wifi but in my case a full restore was 500GB so understandable.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy, Quick

    Have been using for about two months with no issues.

    Very easy to set up. AC speeds are very good. Backup works seamlessly and easily. It just works.

    The range is not quite as good as some new routers, but it is a solid combination of features and is much easier to set up than the other routers. Using in a 3500 square foot house with good coverage.

    The only reason I rated four stars instead of five is because I think we ought to be able to set aside some of the drive space for our own use as a home server so that we do not have to rely on cloud services.

    Despite that, I would definitely buy this again.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great as a Time Machine & Router but USB 2?

    I bought this in February of 2015 so roughly 6 months ago - it's still working great.

    Time Machine: three days after setting this up I accidentally wiped my hard drive (my own fault, messing around with the Root account) and was able to network book (over WiFi no less) to the TC and restore from a backup automatically made about 3 hours earlier. FANTASTIC!!!!

    WiFi: I routinely connect at 850+ Mbps which is great. Connection is reliable and covers my house (about 1,000 sq feet) and back yard. I scanned the airspace in my home and manually set the WiFi channels to avoid interference with neighbors. The auto channel selection sometimes picked overlapping frequencies...

    Internet Router: does the basics BUT if you're looking for advanced features like dynamic DNS look elsewhere. The TC follows the philosophy of "It just works" - yep it does, with simple features...

    Ethernet Switch: seems to work just fine. I have an AirPort Extreme in my basement for kids to connect to for LAN parties connected with a wire. Updating security settings on the TC automatically updates the Extreme - very nice feature

    USB 2: WTH?!?! Why not USB 3 ? Sure you can connect an external drive but it's SLOWWWWWWWW. This is the one thing that really disappointed me... the TC should not only have USB 3 but also Thunderbolt - Apple has it on ALL but one of it's computers - why not here?

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    This one works great!

    My first TC (purchased about 2 years ago) had some mating issues with my other equipment - likely the Comcast modem. So I returned the TC. I am still with Comcast, but have purchased my own (ZOOM) modem and decided to try another TC. Hooked it all up, and it works great! Fast wifi connections all throughout the house, whether on our MBA's, iPhones, Wii U, XBOX, TV set or DirecTv. Plus, we can now back our MBA's up wirelessly! Granted this is still a new set-up, so longevity is still TBD, but initially, it is working great!

    (Also, to note, this time I bought one from Amazon. It was used, so I returned it and bought it from Apple instead. I would not suggest buying from anyone other than Apple unless you can physically see that it is indeed a brand new unit you will be bringing home.)

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice!

    Pros - I am an Apple product lover, but was very sceptical about this Time capsule. The set up was very simple and easy. The range was superior to any other wifi I had prior. The speed as well was super fast with all 8 of my Apple products in my house. I would recommend this to anyone.

    Cons - I thought the Time capsule would be able to be used to backup ALL apple products, iPhones included. I was wrong. Only for Mac computers. I recommend in the future that iPhones can be backed up on here(but then why would we have to pay for the cloud). Lastly I just couldn't get the time capsule to work with my current router as a range extender.

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    2 Issues with Time Capsule

    Actually, OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 UNDID my wireless access to backup - I now have to be connected to my Airport Time Capsule (an older version) via ethernet. So backups are not happening automatically (my only cable is old, broken tab, needs to be carefully set up) my data is at risk. Looked for help on forum, just found others with same issue. Also - have not understood how the wi-fi router in Time Capsule is supposed to work with the wireless router that brings internet into my house: my ISP people tell me that the two routers will simply "fight with each other", undermining my internet delivery. Wish I could find answers more easily about this product.

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB Fantastic!

    Living in a new build three floored house it was hit and miss at times when i would have a wifi signal on the top floor of my house, having tried all sorts of bits and bobs to improve the signal i finally dig deep and got one of these. The setup was super quick but had to work out how to turn off the wifi signal from my sky hub took a bit of time.
    I decided to try a Airport Extreme to boost it even better and i can now say there is fantastic wifi all over the house.
    My biggest criticism would be the price and the 6 hours it took to do a back up but apart from that its all good.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    This rating is for the Apple Airport extreme

    I decided to buy the Apple Airport extreme instead of the Time Capsule because I wanted to add my own high-quality hard drive.
    2Tb Samsung's are awesome factory OEM not the newer drives which are actually manufactured by Seagate but branded under the Samsung name
    I am happy with the performance of the AirPort Extreme. The router speed is good and the backup works very well with my Time Machine plus I can share data stored on the back up drive with my macs iPhone iPad (using GoodReader) and PC clients

    8 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for Automated Backups

    Few people back up their precious data, but with an Airport Time Capsule my Mac backs itself up wirelessly and automatically every hour. Once I set up the Time Machine software it's just set and forget. Worth every dollar. Would be more valuable with USB 3 (for external drives) and Solid State Drive. Would give it 5 starts with USB 3 and SSD.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the router. 4.75 rating.

    Router works well, stores and backs up automatically, signal is strong upstairs and down, easy set up and good connection.

    Love the Extreme Airport Time Capsule. My only wish is there was a way to store all my CD's to it and playback over AirPlay without going through iTunes Match. May have to break down on that one though. Storing and playback would have given it a full 5 stars in my book, but its about 4.75 without it.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport Time Capsule great for WIFI......

    I bought this to improve my WIFI and my god its amazing............. 5 mins out the box I did a speed test and got 123mb/sec (my service is 120) so very very impressed, got 99 from iphone 5 and about 135 from my ipad air.

    In terms of a back up solution not at all what I expected but probably my own fault for not checking it out properly.

    I wanted something where I could literally just send a photo from iphone straight to the storage device so a bit like AirDrop, but sadly it doesnt do this.

    In summary I would buy just the Airport Extreme instead of the time capsule

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well so far

    Fast = yes
    Easy = yes
    Can it host files like a NAS = yes
    To set this up you just have to log onto the router from each Mac computer

    What would make this better? = convenient local sync like a personal cloud such as drop box or sugar sync

    I'm still working on how to network attach a USB printer...

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic...but needs QoS

    QoS needs to be part of the next firmware update!! Please!

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Compatibility problems with Comcast modem

    I have all Apple equipment including a new iMac. It was very difficult to get this to work with my internet modem. I spent hours on the phone with people from my internet provider and Best Buy where I bought the product. I worked with two different people at Apple support trying to fix the problem. After almost 3 hours we finally got it to function.

    Lesson Learned: There was a compatibility issue related to our Internet provider Comcast.

    Recommendation: If possible, try to do your homework before you buy to see if there are any known issues between your provider/modem and the Apple Time Capsule. If you discover that there have been compatibility problems then plan on working with Apple to get the router to work properly.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product But Some Limitations

    I bought this because the reviews suggested the range was good. In fact, the range is slightly lower than my BT Hub 3. I connect this to my BT Hub 3 and then have a Range Extender so that I can receive a reasonable wifi signal in my garden office.

    I've then plugged an external 2TB hard drive into the Airport for shared data storage across my various iMacs, MacBooks and iOS devices.

    I can't get the iOS devices to work with it, but to be fair I haven't spent much time working it out. The OSX devices (Mavericks) work fine most of the time.

    First point to note is that the signal strength (without the extender) is about the same as it was on the BT Hub 3, but less reliable. It fluctuates all the time where at least the Hub 3 was stable. The 5Ghz connection drops all the time.

    From in the house, everything works fine. It's only when the Wifi extender is used that I get issues.

    Time Machine backups from my iMac and 2 MacBooks happen without me realising now.

    Back to Mac (for remote access when not on the new local LAN) works but is incredibly slow and often I can see the Airport, click on the external HD but then nothing happens... Research on the forums suggest that as Airport doesn't support updp it will be slow... Haven't found a resolution yet...

    Using the external drive for shared storage is working well but is a little slow. I'm thinking of investing in a better external HD as the Hitachi I have is quite old and slow (there's a slight delay when every I try to connect whilst the HD fires itself into life). Also, if the wifi signal isn't great, accessing the files is very slow.

    I often have to reboot the Airport as sometimes I can see it from my Mac but when I click on the external HD no files are displayed. Power off, 10 second wait, power back on seems to make it re-appear.

    I've now decided to try and bypass the extended wifi network and will run Cat5 from the Airport, out the house wall and along the garden fence to my office. I'll then put a local wifi router in the office and see if that helps overcome some of the niggles.

    Summary - great product, works out of the box, but there are some niggles which I think may be down to my physical wifi setup. I'll update once I've tried with the Cat5.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    I have an iMac from 2006, a Mac mini and ipads. By adding this one i could backup the old machine, got a better looking faster acces point and it even shares files. I do not need to get a separate server. Incredibly easy to install, but still includes the important safety features. Great product - thank you Apple

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but not a home run!

    The Time Capsule is a great router and an excellent backup device. It would be perfect if Apple simply made it support DLNA like every other router on the face of the earth! This way you could stream to your Apple TV / Smart TV device from its file share.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I bought this thinking it was a 2TB wireless hard drive

    Went in to the Apple Store and bought it.
    I figured out how to load files directly.
    I love how it backs up everything.
    What I don't like is how many times it freezes when going into Time machine and having to reboot MBA.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Router purchased.

    I purchased the Time Capsule 2TB about a month ago and I am very happy with it. The signal is great and the wireless works on every device I own with no additional setup (MacBook Pro, iPhone 5, iPad3, Sony Ericcson Xpheria, xBox360 slim.) The harddrive on it is also very reliable and easy to connect to. It took me a second to find it as it shows up in the shared are in Finder instead of as it's own icon on the desktop. So, my one and only complaint. The harddrive is slow. I read a little about this being the case online and it does have some fair points. That being said, this is not such a huge problem for me personally so I am still very happy with it. 4 out of 5 stars, only for the slow harddrive.

    9 of 10 people found this useful